Serious injury | IncNot 0034823
Summary: A worker at an underground coal mine has suffered severe foot injuries. The worker’s right foot entered the confines of a scavenger conveyor. The worker was transported to hospital and underwent emergency surgery.
We are carrying out an investigation into this incident.
Recommendations to industry:
Mine operators should review the adequacy of their arrangements for guarding and isolation, to protect workers from the risk of entanglement with operating plant.
Dangerous incident | IncNot 0034821
A release of fluid under pressure occurred when a hydraulic valve failed. A hydraulic diversion valve (bolting/tramming) handle on a continuous miner failed. When operated by the worker, the spool from the valve dislodged and hit the worker in the chest. The worker also suffered eye irritation due to contact with oil mist.
Recommendations to industry: A potential for failure of hydraulic components exists for both new and old equipment. Hydraulic oil spray poses a risk of irritation and burns. First aid facilities must be available to workers for eye injuries and burns.